Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with Paul Tyson and Richard Gouraige.
Not a slam dunk for Alabama to land Bryant’s great-grandson?
SEC Country wrote a feature on Bear Bryant’s great-grandson on Thursday, which shed light on the 2019 in-state quarterback prospect, Paul William Bryant Tyson. Tyson transferred from Mountain Brook High School to Hewitt-Trussville, which has one of the top football programs in the country. There will be lots of eyeballs on that team this spring and fall.
According to Marc Tyson, Paul’s father, Hewitt-Trussville coaches are expecting numerous college representatives every day of spring practice, which begins April 24.
Paul, who stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 210 pounds, doesn’t have any scholarship offers yet, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him pick up a few this spring and summer. With the amount of college coaches that will be at Trussville this spring, it’s hard to think that he won’t impress someone.
Alabama has interest in Paul and invited him to its junior day event last month, but no offer was extended. It’s very possible the Tide offer in the future, but even if they do, it’s no slam dunk that Alabama lands his commitment, he says.
“I want to go wherever is the best place for me where I can help that team win a national championship,” Paul said. “If Alabama was it, then that would be the school. It’s definitely not 100 percent the school I would go to automatically. People might think that, but I would keep my options open.”
Now, do I believe that Tyson won’t go to Alabama if presented the chance? Of course not. I mean, we’re talking about a legacy of Bear Bryant’s. Not only that, but everyone in his family either attended the university or support Alabama. Marc calls Nick Saban a friend. That may be awkward for the friendship if Paul decides to go elsewhere.
But like his father said, so much of quarterback recruiting is about the offense teams run and how that prospect fits into the scheme. It’s still unknown how Brian Daboll’s offense is going to look. Tyson is an old-school, big-bodied pocket passer with limited mobility. Marc said his son is more of an AJ McCarron, Greg McElroy and Jacob Coker type of quarterback than Jalen Hurts and Blake Sims.
Alabama will evaluate Tyson this spring.
Nation’s No. 6 OT says Alabama is coming after him hard
Florida was Richard Gouraige’s dream school growing up, but it’s not the Gators who are going after the nation’s No. 6 offensive tackle the hardest.
“Alabama is recruiting me the most,” Gouraige said and noted the Crimson Tide have compared him to former standout Cam Robinson. “Just follow his steps and get taught by a great coach.”
Gouraige said the Crimson Tide staff sends him lots of mail and he receives texts every day from at least one coach. Saban, as he does every signing day, calls the top priorities of the following class to let them know he hopes they’re announcing their signing next year. Gouraige was one of those recruits to get a call from Saban, but he couldn’t speak to him on that day because he was in class.
But the 6-foot-6, 275-pound prospect knows that he’s a wanted man by Alabama. He said his relationship with offensive line coach Brent Key is growing.
“We always text a lot. He always checks up on me,” Gouraige said. “I appreciate that. He always tells me to work on my craft and keep getting better every single day.”
Gouraige hasn’t been to Tuscaloosa yet. He hopes to make it to campus this summer. The school he’s most associated with is Clemson.
“I love coach (Robbie) Caldwell, coach (Tony) Elliott and coach Dabo Swinney,” he said. “I love those guys. They (want to) make me one of their players. They always talk to me every day to see how I am doing and how my family is doing really.”
Although he says Alabama is recruiting him the most, he’s going to have to visit to become a serious target.